Stanford Prison

The Frida Cinema Santa Ana, CA


Amir Raz

Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology, Neurology & Neurosurgery), McGill University; Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Chapman University; Director, Chapman University Brain Institute

The Stanford Prison Experiment— The susceptibility of the human mind

An expert in the neuroscience of deception and suggestibility, brain sciences professor (and former magician) Amir Raz discusses the impact of the Stanford prison experiment, both in terms of its discoveries and its influence on human studies and the scientific field in general.

The Frida Cinema Santa Ana, CA

Film Synopsis

In 1971, Stanford Professor Philip Zimbardo conducts a controversial psychology experiment in which college students pretend to be either prisoners or guards, but the proceedings soon get out of hand.

In this tense, psychological thriller based on the notorious true story, Billy Crudup stars as Stanford University professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo, who, in 1971, cast 24 student volunteers as prisoners and guards in a simulated jail to examine the source of abusive behavior in the prison system. The results astonished the world, as participants went from middle-class undergrads to drunk-with-power sadists and submissive victims in just a few days.

About the Speaker

Dr. Amir Raz is Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Director of the Brain Institute at Chapman University, and Professor in the Department(s) of Psychiatry (Psychology, Neurology and Neurosurgery) at McGill University (Canada). His research spans the cognitive neuroscience of attention, placebos, and altered planes of consciousness.

Dr. Raz is a world leader in unlocking the brain substrates of attention and consciousness. Dr. Raz’s research interests span the neural and psychological substrates of attention, suggestion, placebos, and self-regulation. A former magician and musician, he also conducts research into the cognitive neuroscience of deception, ownership, altered consciousness, and atypical cognition. Using imaging of the living human brain, genetics, and other techniques, his research brings together basic and clinical science. Learn more at